Michael Phelps won his 19th Olympic gold medal while competing in Rio on Sunday. Already the most decorated Olympian ever, Phelps went into the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with a record 22 medals overall. Check out the video below of Phelps and his teammates winning gold in Rio.
As widely reported, this year’s games marks Phelps’ fourth time at the Olympics. He began his career at the Sydney Olympics at the age of 15, finishing in fifth place in the 200-meter butterfly. He returned fours years later at the 2004 games in Athens, where he won eight medals. Phelps won his first gold in the 400-meter medley, which set a world record. Next, he took two bronze medals for the 4×100-meter freestyle and 200-meter freestyle. After that, Phelps was all gold at the Athens Olympics, winning the 200-meter butterfly, 4×200-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley and 100-meter butterfly, the latter two setting Olympics records.
Phelps came back for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was again the games’ golden boy, having set a number of world records with the 400-meter medley, 4×100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly, 4×200-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley, and 4×100-meter medley. The swimmer also set an Olympic record and took home his eighth gold of the Beijing games with his 100-meter butterfly.
But that was not all for Phelps. At the 2012 London games, he added two silver medals for the 4×100-meter freestyle and 200-meter butterfly, and four golds for the 4×200-meter freestyle, 200-meter medley, 100-meter butterfly, and 4×100-meter medley.
For his first Rio Olympics event, Phelps swam the second leg of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay behind Caeleb Dressel, and before Ryan Held and Nathan Adrian. Check of the video below of Michael Phelps winning his 23rd Olympic medal and 19th gold.